Toxic Behavior #5: No Oppportunities to Regain Trust When teenagers feel as though they can't regain trust with their parents after something has happened, they slowly give up trying. Or, perhaps nothing has happened to betray trust, and the parent simply chooses to not allow the teen to show how trustworthy they are. Either way, learning how to negotiate trust in your relationship with a teen is important. If they feel like you are constantly looking for ways they are messing up, they will eventually stop trying. This slowly destroys the intimacy in the relationship and keeps the relationship from being open.
Recommendations: Learn to strike a balance bethween being too trusting (or giving away trust too easily) and not giving trust back at all.
Adapted from "Parenting Your Out Of Control Teenager" by Scott Sells
Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.